This might be a little bit cruel on Harry and Meghan but I can see where the criticism is coming from. Harry, 39, has said in the past that, “I spend 99% of my life travelling the world by commercial. Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe.”
He is saying very positively that he nearly always travels on commercial airlines but sometimes he decides to travel on a private jet in the interests of his family’s safety.
In this instance he flew on a Gulfstream jet co-owned by the oil heir Michael Herd who travelled with him as did the actress Cameron Diaz and Zoe Saldana. And others actually.
Herd said: “We just went to dinner and to see Katy’s last show. They’re nice people.” It was a 75-minute journey from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas.
The problem is that Harry founded the ecotourism company Travalyst in 2019. He has been outspoken about environmental matters. A royal biographer, Angela Levin, told The Sun newspaper:
“He set up this Travalyst charity, which was all about not using private planes. He still their patron. This sort of behaviour is exactly why we call them eco-hypocrites.”Angela Levin
His brother, the Prince of Wales, took a commercial British Airways flight to Singapore for his Earthshot awards ceremony. Good man!
Remarkably (and this statistic really surprised me), The Times newspaper tells me that “in Europe private jets emitted by 5.3 million tonnes of CO2 in the past three years, according to a Greenpeace study. That is more carbon dioxide than Uganda, with a population of about 4.6 million people, produces in a year.”
So, is Harry a eco-hypocrite? You tell me, please.